Our guide to places to visit near Pitlochry. One of the big advantages to this area of Scotland, is there is an excellent network of roads, which allow you to get out and about in the beautiful highland scenery.
Many of the places to visit near Pitlochry are within 40 mins drive. We recommend choosing a circular route stopping at the attractions as you drive in magnificent highland scenery and make a day of it.
Choice of routes with places to visit near Pitlochry:-
- Dunkeld is 20 mins south of Pitlochry. The17th century town with its cathedral (see details below) is well worth visiting. Remember the Osprey Centre (see details below) which has bird hides and walks.
- Aberfeldy, Weem, Loch Tay at Kenmore, Tummel and back to Pitlochry. Follow the A827 to Kenmore. Then take the B846 to Tummel and the B8019 back to Pitlochry. See the attraction below en route, don’t forget Queens View overlooking Loch Tummel.
- Loch Rannoch is another fabulous route to take. You can drive around the Loch. Follow the B8019 and B846 to Rannoch Station. Return taking the south loch road back to Kinloch Rannoch and back to Pitlochry.
- Blair Atholl, Bruar, Struan, Tummel Valley. Follow the B8079 from Pitlochry through the Pass of Killiecrankie, Blair Atholl to Bruar it is worth visiting the Falls of Bruar. Head on the B847 through Calvine and Straun, to Tummel. This is beautiful countryside. You have a number of choices here. 1) Go on to the B846 to Kinloch Rannoch with options to drive around Loch Rannoch (very worth while). 2) Drive back to Pitlochry B846 stopping at Queen’s View to take in one of Scotland’s most scenic views.
One of the attractions of staying here is the many places to visit near Pitlochry.
Dunkeld Osprey Centre - Loch of the Lowes
Known as the Dunkeld Osprey Centre, Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve has had ospreys on site for 50 years. Two hides equipped with powerful binoculars to observe not just the osprey, but all the other wildlife on the loch, which includes (if you are lucky) Otters, Beavers, deer and water birds. The new arrival on Loch of the Lowes is the beaver. READ MOREAddress:Dunkeld PH8 0HH
Duleep Singh Sikh History
Disproportionately more Scots went to India than any of the other nations that make up the UK. The East India Company and the British administration employed lots of Scottish administrators - Lord Dalhousie, Lord Harding and many other notable people. The Highland Perthshire Sikh Heritage trail remembers in particular Maharaja Duleep Singh who was known as the Black Prince of Perthshire. READ MORE
St Marys Church Grantully
An exceptionally fine and rare example of a survivor of a pre-Reformation rural parish chapel. The austere exterior gives no hint of the extravagant and sophisticated painted ceiling inside. This is one of two principal surviving ecclesiastical painted ceilings left in Scotland. READ MOREAddress:Off the A827 200m from Grantully Castle Grandtully to Aberfeldy Road Perthshire PH15 2EQ
Atholl Country Life Museum
One of Scotland's finest wee museums, started by local farmer John Cameron, it houses many items that are pertinent to this part of Scotland. READ MOREAddress:Old School, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5SP
Loch Tay Safaris Kenmore
Suitable for 5 to 85 year olds, this brand new (for 2017), purpose built rib with cabin will take you on a journey of discovery on Perthshire's largest loch. You will learn about the history from the ancient and mysterious standing stone to dramatic ruined castles, mystical and spellbinding stories and breath-taking landscapes. We are sure you will not be disappointed. READ MOREAddress:Pier Road, Kenmore, Perthshire PH15 2HG
Loch Tay Sauna
This must be one of Scotland's best located saunas. Offering fantastical views over Loch Tay. It has been cleverly designed to offer privacy, as well as access to Loch Tay via slides and a water trampoline. There is a drop in rate for those who would like to use it while visiting Pitlochry and Aberfeldy. READ MOREAddress:Taymouth Marina, Kenmore, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HW
Scottish Crannog Centre
An authentic reconstruction of an Iron Age loch-dwelling, found across Scotland and Ireland and dating from the early Iron Age some 2,500 years ago. This is a real MUST visit, if you are interested in living Scottish history. The only one of its kind in the UK. READ MOREAddress:Kenmore Loch Tay, Loch Tay, Aberfeldy PH15 2HY
Haunted History Tours of Dunkeld
An excellent evening's entertainment, your costumed guides follow the ancient art of Highland storytelling, taking you through the quirky parts of Dunkeld history. You will walk the streets and alleyways of this ancient town, hear stories about Jacobite Battles, Witchcraft, Military Mutiny and legends, with a couple of good ghost stories thrown in, all the stories are from the Dunkeld and surrounding Atholl area. READ MOREAddress:The Cross, Dunkeld PH8 0AN